V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary


adjective, noun

Definition: (adj.) 1. delicate, airy, and sheer; (n.) 1. light cobwebs; 2. something airy and insubstantial, like a sheer fabric

Synonyms: (adj.) sheer, airy, fine, delicate, (n.) web

Antonyms: (adj.) thick, sturdy, substantial

Tips: An alternate spelling of gossamer's adjective form is gossamery. Gossamer is a good word to describe very delicate fabric, or anything very sheer, see-through. Clouds can be gossamer, as can a bridal veil. Some think gossamer may have been formed by combining the words goose and summer, to describe a time in fall when geese were eaten and fine cobwebs were seen.

Usage Examples:

The gossamer in the yard was covered with a light, morning dew. (light spider-web) noun

She arrived to the ball in a delicate, white, gossamer gown. (delicate, fine) adjective

It was beautiful watching the goose so elegantly flap its gossamer wings as it flew in the summer night. (delicate, airy) adjective

The bride wore a gossamer veil that lightly hid her face. (sheer, delicate, web) adjective

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